How do you ensure sustainability as you scale? This is a challenge we find many organisations wrestling with as they embark on Scale Accelerator.
Franklin Scholars had real potential to scale and change more young people’s lives when it joined Scale Accelerator in 2019. With a mission to help young people going through the difficult transition from primary to secondary school, its Beacon programme helped Year 7s build their resilience and confidence through strong peer support relationships with older students. Students from Year 10 upwards were trained to become Franklin Scholars and offer the younger students mentoring and tutoring.
But the organisation kept coming up against the same barrier. With a presence in 25 schools, they were struggling to expand into more. Schools couldn’t afford the programme and Franklin Scholars couldn’t afford to reduce the cost.
Franklin Scholars has been on a fascinating journey during its time on Scale Accelerator. The learnings it has identified brings valuable insight for other organisations looking to scale and sustain impact.